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A former professional soccer player has been named the first girls program director for Virginia Legacy Soccer Club, which will place a new emphasis on developing its female players.
Kat Dominguez, who most recently served as the Walsingham Academy girls soccer coach from 2012 to 2014, hopes to use her experience as a professional soccer player to motive her new crop of students.
“I can show the girls what kind of dedication and commitment they have to have to be competitive at the sport,” Dominguez said. “My goal is to spark an extra interest for the girls and get them motivated to play.”
Dominguez played soccer at Sierra College from 2003 to 2005 before transferring to San Francisco State University, where she played from 2005 to 2006.
After graduating, Dominguez played four seasons in the Women’s Premier Soccer League from 2007 to 2010. Following her time playing domestic soccer, Dominguez played for BV Cloppenburg, a German soccer club in the 2nd Women’s Football Bundesliga, the second-highest tier of women’s club soccer in Germany.
In Germany, Dominguez met her husband, former William & Mary soccer player Jeff Dominguez. The two eventually settled down and Kat Dominguez planted her roots in Williamsburg.
With her playing days behind her, Dominguez hopes to help coach up the next generation of women’s soccer players in the U.S. Dominguez thinks Virginia Legacy is the perfect place for her to accomplish that goal.
“I think the club has a lot of potential,” she said. “The girls are eager. We already have a great group, so I’m excited.”
Having played professionally, Dominguez knows the important skills to be successful at top levels of competition. Skills like footwork and making solid touches on the ball are at the top of Dominguez’s list of things to work on with her girls.
“I’m hoping to get in and work one-on-one with the girls teams and get a lot of footwork done on the ball,” she said.
And despite only being around Virginia Legacy players since Labor Day weekend, Dominguez was not shy in showing her excitement about being able to be an advocate for girls soccer.
“Getting out on the field and working with young women is like my driving force in my life. It’s my passion.”